Anti Vaccination And Its Effects On Children

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Amy Parker, a thirty-seven year-old mother of two, grew up in an anti-vaccination household as many children did in the early 1900’s. Her mother and father believed that eating fruits and vegetables and exercising daily was the key to becoming immune to diseases rather than getting a vaccine. Amy Parker did eat healthy; however, she was still vulnerable of acquiring diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines such as chicken pox and tonsillitis. When Amy Parker became a mother, she had to decide if she wanted to follow her parent’s footsteps with the traditional anti-vaccination health care approach or take her own route and vaccinate her children. After much research, she concluded that the benefits outweighed the side effects of vaccines. Once her decision was made she decided to vaccinate both of her children. With the vaccination, her children were healthier and better protected from dangerous illnesses and common diseases like chickenpox. (“Growing Up”). Like many mothers, Amy Parker had to decide whether or not to vaccinate her kids. She had to decide if the traditional method would outweigh the newly modern approach to health care and if the benefits would outweigh the negative stigma of vaccines. In other words, Amy Parker had to decide whether or not to trust her family 's opinion on vaccines or trust her own research. She, like many other parents across the United States, had to make a decision not only on vaccines but also a decision
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